Elisabeth and I grew up together a few houses apart on 77th Street in Lenexa. We went to the same kindergarten, grade school, middle school (it was called junior high back then) and the first two years of high school. Our sophomore year, she moved with her family back to Vienna and has lived in Austria ever since.
We got back in touch last year around the time of our 20 year reunion. She works as a flight attendant for Air Austria, and was able to arrange for a JFK flight with a layover. It was great catching up, and we vowed not to wait another 22 years for our next visit.
We had dinner at Smith & Wollenskey's, then went to Times Square to take photos like a bunch of dopey tourists. It was a short but terrific visit.